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The Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant
Dine with the stars at the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Based on the famed Hollywood restaurant of the same name, this is the place to dine like the Hollywood stars of the 30's, 40's and beyond. The Cobb salad was invented here and the Hollywood Studios restaurant carries on this tradition with its own Cobb salad selection. This is one of Disney’s signature restaurants, with a wonderful a la carte menu and an exceptional wine list to match. There is lots of old world charm, and the walls are festooned with caricatures of hundreds of movie stars from Hollywood’s Golden Era.
The decor is warm mahogany and teak and you will be seated either at a table in the main floor of the restaurant or in one of the booths around the edge or on the indoor terrace.
Wonderful service from the attentive and knowledgeable staff. They will recommend dishes for each course and wines to match.
We ate here last week, as a treat for our daughter, and being a chef herself, she appreciated the attention to detail and the food. We were free to choose anything on the menu for an all inclusive price of $36.99 per person for a three course meal. The portions are all a reasonable size, and if you arrive hungry, you will manage all three courses without feeling completely bloated at the end of it.
We chose the Portobello Mushroom, Chevre Cheese Raviolo with tomato fennel sauce and sweet basil to start, and Sarah had Mesclun and Arugula tossed with fresh oranges, spicy pecans, feta, and cabernet vinaigrette. Both were delicious, and just enough to whet your appetite for the next course.
For the entree's we had Char-grilled Center Cut Filet of Beef with Dijon crushed potatoes, truffle infused shallot confit, watercress and merlot jus... absolutely delicious. Sarah chose Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna with Wasabi Whipped Potatoes, Sugar Peas, Ginger soy reduction, and coriander lime essence. The artistry of the dishes was so good we took photos of the presentation of the food, and it tasted as good as it looked.
For dessert we all chose something different and tried each others. I chose the "Happiest Celebration on Earth!" featuring orange chocolate impression with pinot noir reduction .... mouthwateringly good. Hubby had the waiter’s recommendation of White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Praline Cheesecake - with blood orange sauce, also very good, and Sarah had New Age Chocolate Decadence Soft Cake with a fresh berry melange. As the dairy free and vegan option (she is neither, but just liked the sound of it) this was the least favourite of the three desserts, but still good.
This restaurant should be booked when entering the Park as it gets very busy. If you are there on a day when Fantasmic is on then ask for the Dinner package, and you can dine in style and get preferred seating for the Fantasmic show as well, all at the inclusive $36.99 price.
This was yet another superb meal inside one of the Disney Parks. So if you think that Orlando only has fast food, and all you can eat buffets to offer, then think again and try this place, you will love it too.
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Page added on: 18 September 2005
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